Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
State Water Control Board
Technical Advisory Committee Meeting - New River Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project

Meeting Details
Date / Time 1/25/2018  1:30 pm
Location Radford Public Library, 30 W Main Street, Radford, VA 24141 
Board Website 
Agenda document agency has not posted
Minutes document pdf Meeting minutes 2/7/2018   (78k)       FINAL
Disability Friendly? Yes       Deaf interpreter available upon request? Yes
Purpose of the meeting
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will host the 4th Technical Advisory Committee Meeting for the New River Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Project. The Technical Advisory Committee consists of representatives from local governments, Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permittees, riparian landowners, and recreational and conservation groups in the watershed. Technical Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public and interested citizens are welcome to observe and ask questions during the designated time at the meeting. PURPOSE OF NOTICE: The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and its contractors will discuss the results and draft document from the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) water quality study known as a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the New River and its tributaries. Additional TAC discussion topics include but are not limited to the TMDL development approach, TMDL implementation strategies, and project next steps. The TMDL draft document will be presented and discussed at the TAC meeting. The draft document can be found on the New River PCB webpage. DESCRIPTION OF STUDY: In Virginia, portions of the mainstem New River, Stony Creek, Walker Creek, Reed Creek, and Claytor Lake are listed as impaired for PCBs based on a Virginia Department of Health (VDH) fish consumption advisory and violations of Virginia’s Water Quality Standards. The PCB impairment begins at the I-77 bridge across the New River and extends downstream of the VA/WV state line, and includes Peak Creek, Reed Creek, Stony Creek, Walker Creek, and Claytor Lake. This water quality study will report on the sources of PCBs and recommend reductions to meet TMDLs for the impaired waters. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant a water body can contain and still meet water quality standards. Reductions and a TMDL designed to reinstate the fish consumption use will be developed. Virginia agencies have worked cooperatively to identify sources of PCBs. The following are the impairments by Stream, County and Impairment: (i) New River, Montgomery County, PCBs in Fish Tissue; (ii) New River - Stony Creek, Giles, PCBs in Fish Tissue; (iii) Walker Creek, Giles, PCBs in Water Column; (iv) New River - Peak Creek, Pulaski County , PCBs in Fish Tissue; and, (v) New River - Reed Creek, Wythe County, PCBs in Fish Tissue. HOW TO COMMENT AND PARTICIPATE: The meetings of the TMDL process are open to the public and all interested parties are welcome. A Technical Advisory Committee or TAC was formed to assist in the development of this TMDL. Written comments will be accepted through February 26th 2018 and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the comments. For more information or to submit comments, please contact the staff person listed. Please note, in the case of inclement weather, the meetings will be held on January 31st, 2018 at the same times and location. Notice of this meeting appears in the January 8, 2018 Virginia Register.
Meeting Scope
Public hearing to receive comment on a proposed stage
General business of the board
Discuss particular regulations / chapters

Contact Information
Name / Title: Mark Richards 
Address: Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, 23218
Email Address:
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